Wednesday, January 6, 2016

2016 Book List

Count: 6/112 
(completed books in bold, with titles linking to my blog post about them)

Instead of doing my required grad school reading for class tomorrow, I'm compiling a book list! I have a goal to read 100 books this year (not counting grad school books--or at least only counting a few of them maybe). "How do you have time for this," you ask? "You are in grad school and will spend half the year writing a thesis while taking a full load of graduate level classes and working!" Well, it's simple. I'm cutting back on Netflix, Hulu, and the like, and I am requiring myself to read something non-school related for a bit every night before bed to me hopefully relive some anxiety and sleep better. And once I'm out of school, I'm hoping for a lot of time to go sit out by Lake Michigan and read . . and reading on public transit on my way to work (because I'm also hoping for a job) . . . and reading all the time like I used to. So here is a list of 112 things to read this year (I will probably combine some of them) that I compiled from about 5 different book challenges. I'll try to remember to come back and update the list with what I chose to read when I finished each item.

Also, as one last side note: in my searching for book lists, I found this one: a woman read a book from every country in the world one year! Maybe I'll do that in 2017.

  • Woman under 25: I am Malala, Malala Yousafzai
  • YA author of color
  • Graphic novel by a woman
  • Post-apocalyptic novel by woman
  • Southeast Asian writer
  • Popular author's first book
  • Never-read author
  • Favorite author but previously unread
  • Author with my initials
  • Celebrity author
  • Modernist woman
  • Comedian
Expanding Horizons:
  • Non-western history
  • About an indigenous culture
  • Middle Eastern (by/about)
  • About an immigrant/refugee to US
  • LGBTQIA memoir
  • About Africa by an African
  • One book from each continent
  • About an unfamiliar culture
Form and Genre:
  • Essay collection
  • Contemporary poetry collection
  • Non-superhero comic (released in last 3 years)
  • Play
  • Short story collection
  • Satire
  • Feminist sci-fi
  • Classic romance
  • Futuristic romance
  • Murder mystery
  • Dystopian novel
Adaptations and Translations:
  • Book that is now a movie
  • Translated into English
  • Book that inspired a TV show
  • Based on a fairy tale
  • Movie coming out this year
  • Favorite childhood book
  • Makes me cry
  • Required high school reading
  • 1st book in a series I've never read
  • 1st book in a series by an author of color
  • Trilogy
  • Book and it's prequel
  • Science
  • Biography
  • Feminist
  • Food memoir
  • Political memoir
  • Autobiography
  • About women in war
  • Based on a true story
  • Religion
  • Self-improvement book: Daring Greatly, Brene Brown
When Published:
  • the 1980s (or the decade in which you were born)
  • 2016
  • Before 1916
  • 1989 (birth year)
  • 20th century classic
Awards and Recommendations:
  • Audie Award (listen)
  • Recommended by librarian/bookseller 
  • Chosen for me by friend or family member: The Alchemist, Paul Coelho
  • Banned
  • Pulitzer Prize: All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
  • Book Mom loves
  • Bad reviews
  • National Book Award
  • YA bestseller
  • NYT bestseller
  • Recommended by someone I just met
  • Oprah's Book Club
  • Family member recommendation
  • 1st seen in bookstore
Length, Titles, and Covers:
  • 500+ pages
  • 600+ pages
  • Under 150 pages
  • Under 100 pages: Letters to a Young Mormon, Adam S. Miller
  • # in the title
  • 1 word title
  • Antonyms in the title
  • Color in the title: The Red Notebook, Antoine Laurain
  • Blue cover
  • Based on its cover
Shame On Me:
  • Been meaning to read
  • Should have read in school but didn't
  • Started but never finished
  • Own but never read
  • Intimidating
  • Bottom of the to-read list
  • Book that scares me
Set In . . . :
  • Pre-1900 (historical fiction)
  • A place I want to visit
  • The future
  • Where I live
  • Christmas time
  • My home state
  • Europe
  • Summer
  • A road trip
  • An island
  • A world with magic
  • Main character deals with mental illness
  • Nonhuman characters
  • Protagonist shares my occupation
(EDIT: I realized I should probably cite the original booklists I compiled this from. The 2015 and 2016 Popsugar challenges, Bustle, Read the World, Modern Mrs. Darcy, and Book Riot Read Harder)


Lisa said...

Hey, I'm copying this for my to-read list this year too, mmkay? Although let's be honest, this might have to qualify for 2016 and 2017, depending on how many overlaps I can find...

Tracy Allen said...

So, some suggestions. I know when I asked for recommendations, Megan had some fabulous ones from Southeast Asia. Marinda recommended a book called "What is a What" about a refugee acclimating to life in the US. And for a one word title, I've heard great things about "Wonder." I'm sure there are more, but those all came to mind as I was reading! Good luck!

Landen said...

You should read "Nothing to Envy" by Barbara Demick. It is about North Korea, from the eyes of 6 people who have escaped to South Korea. All different walks of life, some of the people were very pro-Communism in the beginning, and some very against. It was a stellar read and very eye opening. :)